The Open Academy / Wigmore Hall Learning Fellowship is an annual scheme offered to a chamber ensemble whose members are no longer full-time students, and whose membership consists of a majority of Royal Academy of Music alumni.
This bespoke programme includes mentoring, training days and practical experience across the Open Academy and Wigmore Hall Learning programmes, which is tailored to the interests and development needs of the ensemble, and which gives them the understanding, skills and experience to cultivate work in the field of participatory music making.
Previous Fellowship Ensembles include the Magnard Ensemble (2014/15), the Stella Quartet (2015/16), Cavendish Winds (2016/17), the Diphonon Duo (2017/18), the Bloomsbury Quartet (2018/19) and the Liselotte Östblom/Rupert Cox Duo (2019/20). Since taking part, ensembles and their members have gone on to perform and take part in programmes across the sector, including with Wigmore Hall and Royal Academy of Music.
In our 2020/21 season we appointed two Fellowship Ensembles, the Miyabi Duo and Nobody’s Jig. You can read more about them here.
What an experience! Having the opportunity to be a core part of the process of creating a Family Day from start to finish was brand new for us. It was incredibly rewarding to co-design and co-lead a project … and we learnt a lot from it. We now feel confident to repeat this process in the future … We have developed our skills in improvising, leading workshops, creating new music with participants and reacting spontaneously and sensitively to whatever may be going on around the room!Cavendish Winds
We are delighted to lead this unique opportunity in partnership with the Royal Academy of Music